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*Asterisk denotes continuing Leadership Scholars

Maryam Abdur Rasheed, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences/Douglass Residential College ‘19, is on the pre-med track and a Cell Biology and Neuroscience major and Psychology minor. Maryam is involved in community service as the Leader for the Youth Division of Communitopia, a nonprofit organization based in Middlesex County, where she helps promote a charitable presence for youth and administrate fundraising events. Participating in the Douglass College Project SUPER, she hopes to develop the preliminary skills for working in a lab and carry those skills into future research opportunities. Maryam aspires to be more involved in social activism and the neuroscience field, as well as finding a way to combine these two areas of interest. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Maryam interned at the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering in Spring 2017.

Khes Adderley*, School of Arts and Sciences/Honors Program ’19, is an international student from the Bahamas majoring in Economics with a minor in Public Health. She has been active on campus as the International Student Representative of the Douglass Governing Council, the Historian for the Douglass Black Student Congress.  She works to remain involved in community service outreach missions that she believes, are vital in fostering her passion for social justice and community unity. Khes hopes to become more involved in international health care and reducing the systemic boundaries and policies that inhibit people’s access to quality health care.

Elizabeth Alt*, School of Arts and Sciences/Honors Program ’19, is an English major, with a double minor in Women & Gender Studies and History, as well as a certificate in Performance Theory. Elizabeth enjoys helping students find their place at Rutgers through her involvement as a Scarlet Ambassador, Honors Program Scholars Day Ambassador and Honors Program Peer Mentor Board Member. Recently she volunteered at Camp Jabberwocky, a camp for people of all ages with a variety of disabilities, and participated in an Alternative Break focused on ending human trafficking.  She is the Artistic Director for the Livingston Theatre Company and is passionate about fighting for human rights through art.

Ifrah Akhtar, School of Arts and Sciences ’18, is a Religion major and Biology minor. She is a member of a multitude of student organizations, and a Vice President of RU Atelier and Pre-Students of Osteopathic Medicine. In Fall 2014, Ifrah volunteered at NY Fashion Week and interacted with models and designers from around the world. In the summer of 2015, she was awarded an internship at the Coriell Institute where she worked with scientists who provide cells for research around the globe. She is interested in personalized medicine, stem cells, interactions between religion and medicine, and the role of design/art in societies. Ifrah loves motivating students to pursue their dreams and is always ready to help someone in need. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Religion and attend medical school. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Ifrah interned at MuslimGirl, an organization founded by an IWL Leadership Scholar Program alumna, in NYC in Spring 2017.

William (Billy) Baumle*, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences '19, is an Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior (EPIB), and Women's & Gender Studies double major. He is a Resident Assistant on College Avenue as well as an active member of Speak Out, a cross-media arts and discussion collective and platform. During the summer 2017, Billy lived in Australia, interning with the Sydney City Council and conducted qualitative research regarding an environmental performance program. His academic interests include armed conflict, environmental change and demography. In the future, he hopes to attend graduate school and work within the human rights field.

Anastasia Bellisari*, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences/Douglass Residential College '19, is an Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior (EPIB) major and Public Health minor. She serves as the EPIB Representative for the SEBS Governing Council. Outside of academics, she is a Community Service Officer for the Rutgers University (RU) Police Department and is also a member of the Cook/Douglass Mounted Patrol, RU Equestrian Team, and the honors fraternity Alpha Zeta. Anastasia hopes to attend law school focusing on environmental protections and act as an advocate for women in politics.

Zahra Bukhari, Mason Gross School of the Arts ‘18 is a Fine Arts major with a double concentration in Print and Design. She is the Secretary for the Mason Gross Student Governing Association, RUSA representative, and the Student Representative for the Visual Arts Department. Zahra also serves as Secretary for the Douglass Governing Council, is a Global Village Ambassador, and a member of the Muslim Students’ Association Graphics and Submissions teams. Her academic interests include Islamic Studies, Women’s Studies, and Media Studies. With her education, Zahra hopes to pursue a career that uses art as a form of expression to contradict the misrepresentations of Islam, Muslims, and women in the media and bring awareness to conflicts surrounding these issues. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Zahra interned at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in Spring 2017.

Chelsea (C.C.) Crane, School of Arts and Sciences/School of Communication and Information ‘18, is a Journalism and Media Studies major, with minors in History and Women's and Gender Studies. Chelsea participated in the IWL WINGS program through the 2015-2016 academic year. She works on campus at Rutgers Television Network where she executive produces the live morning show “Wake Up Rutgers.” She is a member of the Rutgers Veg Society, an activist club on campus devoted to spreading awareness about animal rights. Chelsea is interested in improving media representation for marginalized groups, especially in online platforms like YouTube. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Chelsea interned at the Department of University Communications & Marketing in Spring 2017.

Jamila Daniel, School of Arts and Sciences 18’, is a Cultural Anthropology major with a double minor in Education as a Social Science and Linguistics. She is interested in education as a tool for social mobility and is completing research on global education pedagogy in the U.S. and abroad. As a Conversation Facilitator with the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and The Collaborative Center, she works with adult English language learners. Along with education Jamila is also focused on community advancement. She is developing an initiative using ethnographic research where those who are impacted by poverty and those who act against it, narrate their experiences. Jamila is a member of the Anthropology Club where she displays passion for her field and works to ensure her peers’ accomplishments while also generating interest in the discipline. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Jamila interned at The Conversation Tree in Spring 2017.

Kai Durant, School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program/ Douglass Residential College ’18, is a double major in Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies. She is part of Residence Hall Association, Douglass Student Recruitment Network, Douglass Friends of UNFPA and Douglass Orientation Committee. She participated in CLASP last summer where she interned at the Artist Mentoring Against Racism Drugs & Violence (AMARD&V) performance camp. Kai hopes to pursue a career that focuses on social justice and fight inequality. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Kai interned at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in Spring 2017.

Salma Elakbawy, School of Arts and Sciences '19, is a Public Policy and Economics double major. She is currently a work study student at the Women's and Gender Studies department at Rutgers University, which has encouraged her interest in the field and its integration within the economics and public policy fields. Salma currently serves as an E-board member of the NAACP, club member of the Palestinian Children Relief Fund, as well as the RU Choice Club that advocates for women's reproductive rights. After graduation, Salma plans to attend law school and become a global women's rights advocate. For her Leadership Scholars Program internship, Salma interned at the Institute for Research on Women in Spring 2017.

Farah Elattar*, School of Arts and Sciences ’19, is a Philosophy and Cinema Studies double major, with a minor in French. She has been on the Dean’s list since her first year of school.  She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and is the program director for 90.3 The Core FM, which broadcasts from Livingston Campus. Farah is also a peer mentor for the 2017-2018 academic year, through the honors mentoring program, which enables her to help incoming students find their way at Rutgers. She plans to attend law school and aims to fight for women's rights in problematic areas, with a particular focus on improving the status of women in the Middle East.

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